Mobile Black Spot Program Round 4 Announced
June 15, 2018
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price has welcomed the Federal Government’s plan to address more mobile service blackspots across regional Western Australia.
The Federal Government is committing $25 million for a fourth round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, delivering more coverage to regional and remote communities.
Member for Durack Melissa Price said the new round demonstrates the Coalition’s commitment to ensuring regional Australians have access to 21st century communications.
“Together with other Regional Liberals around Australia, I have been fighting hard to secure an extension of this program, and I am thrilled to see we have been successful in extending the program for another round” Ms Price said.
“This announcement is great news for those living, working and travelling throughout regional western Australia.
“The Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program is ensuring more regional communities have access to reliable mobile coverage. This new round will enable more of our communities to take advantage of the social and economic benefits that 21st century communications can provide.
“We have done incredibly well out of this program, with 20% of all Mobile Black Spot towers in Australia funded in the first two rounds of the program going to the two large electorates in regional Western Australia, my electorate of Durack and my colleague Rick Wilson’s electorate of O’Connor.
“I encourage local residents, businesses and community organisations to engage with their state and local governments through the consultation process, to enhance coverage outcomes in Durack.”
Minister McKenzie said the new Mobile Black Spot Program round will ensure regional Australians aren’t left behind.
“The new round will call for applications from mobile carriers within the coming months, taking input from state, territory and local governments, as well as businesses, community organisations and emergency services,” Minister McKenzie said.
“The Mobile Black Spot Program is already over halfway complete and is on track to deliver 867 base stations nationwide by June 2019.”
The competitive selection process for round four of the program is expected to commence in the second half of 2018.
More information about the program is available at: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp